Stored inside a laptop at FBI headquarters are photos of thousands of paintings, sculptures and artifacts, works by Vincent Van Gogh and Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Paul Cezanne -- international treasures worth millions of dollars each. All are missing.
The Helly Nahmad Gallery in Manhattan reopened a week after it was raided by U.S. agents, and will continue to operate as the owner faces charges he ran a high-stakes gambling ring that catered to celebrities and the very wealthy, his lawyer said.
A German government panel said a museum in Cologne should return a portrait by Oskar Kokoschka valued at 3 million euros ($3.9 million) to the heirs of Alfred Flechtheim, a Jewish art dealer persecuted by the Nazis.
Henri Matisse ’s life-size bronze of a woman’s back sold for $48.8 million, an auction record for the artist, as Christie’s International ’s New York Impressionist and modern art sale sustained a recovery from last year’s recession.
A Matisse painting that once belonged to Lew Wasserman and a trio of Maillol bronzes from the collection of John W. Kluge will be among art offered during the next two weeks as New York auctioneers present works valued at more than $1.1 billion.